Round two roundup – Habs Halak still stopping while Savard & Bruins take a bite out of Philly

Last night Chicago dodged a bullet. Having been throttled 5-1 in game one by the Canucks, they found themselves trailing 2-0 after the first five minutes of game-two. Heading into Vancouver down two games to none would have been extremely un-good for the Blackhawks.

Kris Versteeg's third period goal gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead with 90 seconds remaining (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Kris Versteeg's third period goal gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead with 90 seconds remaining (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Brent Seabrook’s goal at the 7:40 mark of the first period closed the gap and the score remained 2-1 going into the third. But that’s where Chicago took over as Patrick Sharp scored a short-handed goal and Kris Versteeg gave the Hawks the lead with just 90 seconds remaining. Patrick Kane then added an empty netter 42 seconds later, his 6th goal of the post-season.

The Hawks outshot the Canucks 13-6 in the final 20 minutes despite taking the only two penalties in that final frame.

Seabrook’s goal was his first of the post-season and he also added two assists Monday night, finishing the game a +4 for Chicago.

Earlier in the evening Boston once again slipped by Philadelphia 3-2 thanks to Milan Lucic’s blast with just 2:57 remaining in the third period. With the win they head down to Philly needing just two wins in the next five games to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since, I believe, they were swept by the Penguins in 1992.

During a second-period scrap, Philadelphia’s Daniel Carcillo complained that Marc Savard had chomped on his finger. 

“Last time I have been bit was in grade school. It is not a good feeling. It is pretty cowardly,” Carcillo said after the game. “Guys don’t bite. Men don’t bite.”

Savard…ahem…turned and pointed his finger back at the Flyer.

“He pummeled on my face,” Savy slyly said. “He pulled on my teeth, so I guess that’s biting when a guy tries and pull your front teeth out.”

Tuukka Rask is now 6-2 in the playoffs with a 2.32 GAA and .922 SV% while Boston’s 92.9 % effective penalty kill leads all teams in the post-season so far.

Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens will look to take advantage of their split in games one and two played in Pittsburgh. After suffering an off night in Friday night’s game one…allowing four power play goals on four Penguin’s opportunities…they held Pittsburgh’s offense at bay, giving up one goal and denying them on all three power play chances.

The Habs have killed off 35 of the 40 man-advantages they have faced so far in the nine games they have played in the playoffs…35 of the 36 not counting game-one against the Pens. Special teams play could play a major role in this series given Pittsburgh’s 31.4% effective power play leads all eight teams remaining in the playoffs. If the Habs PK unit continues to shine, that can only help them in their second consecutive upset bid this spring, (DUH5).

Michael Cammalleri’s 8 goals tie him with Vancouver’s Mikael Samuelsson for second most during the playoffs to date and his 13 overall points are third. Sidney Crosby, of course, leads all scorers with 16 points, (5 goals 11 assists).

Also, there is Jaroslav Halak… whose .931 SV% is tops of all keepers not-yet eliminated from post-season play. Sunday he stopped 38 of 39 Penguins shots faced in their 3-1 game-two win.

Later on in Motown, the Sharks will look to continue feeding on octopi. The Big Red Borg face what can really only be classified as a “must win” situation after dropping both games played in San Jose. The Sharks Joe Pavelski is making his case for the Conn Smythe Trophy with a playoff-high 9 goals and 14-point performance in 8 games played. He’s a +7 as well.

Evgeni Nabokov continues his good work this spring. He is now 6-2 with a .916 SV% and playoff-low 2.02 GAA…this even though the Red Wings have netted six goals on 54 shots in their two losses.

Meanwhile…Down On The Farm

The Chicago Wolves find themselves tied with the Texas Stars at one game apiece with the Texas Stars in their AHL Western Conference playoffs series. The Wolves outlasted Texas to win game-two 4-3 in double overtime Sunday…the winning goal being scored by Anthony Stewart, his second of the game and 6th of the playoffs.

Patrice Cormier thought he had scored his first goal as a member of the Wolves during regulation, but the refs waived it off citing he’d lost sight of the puck. Later during the first overtime, a Chicago goal was disallowed as it was ruled kicked into the net.

Along with Stewart’s two goals, Jason Krog and Spencer Machacek also scored for the Wolves while Peter Mannino stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced for the win. Mannino allowed 4 goals on 28 shots while Krog, Stewart and Joey Crabb scored for Chicago.

Texas won game-one 4-3 in overtime last Friday night on a power play goal by Garrett Stafford while Crabb sat in the box for high sticking.

The series now moves to Texas for the next three games starting with tonight’s game-three.

133 comments Add your comment

Smitty

May 5th, 2010
9:11 am

WBF,

Nice article by Gleason even though he could not resist getting a little dig in concerning the fan support here in ATL. I wonder him if he has relatives in Winnipeg?

Russian

May 5th, 2010
9:15 am

I am big fan of Detroit. I came to USA at September 1994. I got my first Color TV around January 1995. I still remember that TV, it was Toshiba 37″. I got my cable hooked up and Boom – Detroit played with some team. It was 5 Russians and Scotty Bowman as a Head Coach. Since than I followed Detroit every year. I got my another favorite team as Atlanta Thrahsres, but Unfortunately, we did not make Play Off as Detroit did.
**Brendan** I can give you answer for your questions. They are TIRED. It was too much hockey for every player on the Team. On Regular season they got injuries and I think that some players still have it. I do not think that Detroit will win this round, but they will try. :-)

Joe Friday

May 5th, 2010
9:21 am

“I believe what you mean is…”get me a legitimate, top-notch, dependable, solid, proven, honest-and-for-true, USDA-Grade-A…the likes of which we’ve never really had before…goalie”.”

There you go, that’s the copy editing I expect out of Trixie, thank her for me!

“The Big Red Borg is down 3-0 on a beautiful goal by Thorton.”

Ain’t it great?!? And the Pens won a big one. Now just need the Canuckleheads to beat Chicago tonight.

GaVaHokie

May 5th, 2010
9:44 am

Looks like the Thrashers are staring at the 24th pick in the draft… a tiny twist of the knife from Heatley.

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
9:49 am

I’m actually a bit surprised no one mentioned it yet.

Well.. I take that bad. With all the Shark fellating (who knew that could happen, eh?) going on in here, I’m not surprised it hasn’t been mentioned.

One Mr. Vinny Saponari has been kicked off the Boston College hockey team.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
9:56 am

Shark fellating!? Ha! Just like golf fans have acquired Tiger Fatigue Syndrome, many hockey fans have grown weary of the same bearded old men wearing Red Wing paraphenalia deep into the playoffs. Plus, Randy Hahn is play by play gold. I like having an excuse to stay up late and it might as well be west coast hockey. Let’s go Nucks and Sharks!

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
9:57 am

Looks like someone didn’t read the article. :P

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
9:59 am

Russian – in a random twist of fate that really has nothing to do with anything other than TV’s and Russia, my first TV was one I purchased from a grad student in the summer of ‘95 because he was get this: leaving to study abroad in Russia!! I paid $50 for this RCA 27″ TV that looked like it had been lifted from a Motel 6 somewhere. It even had a key hole on the back where it used to be locked into place! LOL

Nikita

May 5th, 2010
10:02 am

*So, let me ask the Red Wings fans. “What went wrong?”*

IMO, and I’m kind of a fan — I’d put the Red Wings in my top 7 — the problem is the roster. All season I’ve been watching the Wings struggle — which for the Red Wings means “not beat the tar easily out of all comers.” Their strategy, similar to John Anderson’s, was four equal lines — but in their case they reliably had 1-2 of what would be a top-6 forwards elsewhere on each of the top 3 lines. Over the summer they lost some top-6ers and replaced them with players who had both less scoring upside and less defensive capability. So…basically they’re playing exactly the same as last year, but with less fuel. I was shocked by the outcome of their series, but was pretty sure they didn’t have a shot at the Cup.

Also, I don’t think they were mentally prepared for that series. They basically stood there looking confused as they lost.

Nikita

May 5th, 2010
10:07 am

…aaaaand, this is just my opinion, but if the Sharks make it to the final, I’m not watching.

I’m currently hoping for Flyers or Habs vs. Canucks. I could live with the Pens, too, I suppose.

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
10:08 am

“What went wrong?”

a. Spent all year fighting injury after injury.
b. Jason Williams
c. Jimmy Howard seems to drift off to where *someone* accused Lehtonen of residing.
d. Jason Williams
e. The Wings haven’t been playing their game, but have been trying to match the oppositions game. The KISS rule apparently went out the window this year.
f. Jason Williams.
g. That last goal last night? It’s thanks to one player, and one player only. I can’t quite think of his name. I know it starts with a J. Can anyone help me out, here?

World Be Free

May 5th, 2010
10:17 am

Smitty-I posted a note on Buffalo News a few mos back that chided the News and other media outlets about ragging on Atlanta concerning poor attendance. Like Dudley, I reminded Buffalo fans of the times when Sabres’ games were not close to being sold out. The product has to warrant the investment, no matter what city you are in except Tronna.

Bluenote-I understand the hesitancy of some fans who question whether Dudley is in control. Some still believe Waddell has the final say. Duds and Waddell are friends, have been for many years. Red Light detailed their friendship awhile back. I supported Dudley because he has never been a puppet, he’s always been his own man. I remember when he signed his contract to play in the WHA while still playing with the Sabres. He gave the Sabres his best season, even knowing he wasn’t going to be there the following season. Dudely played the game his way, 100% every game, every shift, every minute. Duds has always been his own man, I just don’t think he’s going to change at this point in his life. It is clear that he has options, but chose this situation as his best option. We cannot forget that.

In Dudley We Trust

GaVaHokie

May 5th, 2010
10:30 am

Alan R… I saw something posted on Vinny Saponari yesterday… but yeah, it’s a shame.

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Admittedly, I flipped through the blog somewhat quickly. That, and I wanted to take a jab at everyone who thinks the Sharks are the best thing since sliced bread… but that’s neither here nor there. I have deep resentment for them now for one reason alone, and I’m sure everyone remembers what that is.

But yeah, my article is from the BC student paper, so it should shed more light on the situation than anything posted pretty much anywhere else.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Funny how different people can read the same comments but get a completely different feel for what is being said. I don’t really get a sense for people suddenly slurping the Sharks. They have a lot of good players worth watching and even if you hate Dany Heatley you’ve got to enjoy watching the Sharks play if you’re a fan of hockey. From Joe Pavelski to Marc Eduard Vlasic to Patrick Marleau to Dan Boyle (I’ve always liked Boyle even as a Bolt when he trashed ATL in the press) they have a lot of talented players. But San Jose is simply better. Can they beat the Nucks / Hawks in the WCF? That remains to be seen. But the Red Wings are yesterday’s news. Time for some new blood and some fresh stories in the West. I’ve seen Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Zetts and Pavel for several years now. I know what they can do, but they’re getting outplayed and outworked. And yes, I am delighting in the fact that Jason Williams is wrecking another good hockey team. Welcome to parity in the NHL!!

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
10:53 am

Oh yeah, one more thing: Bertuzzi is still the biggest butt plug of them all. He and Dany should start a business venture and call it something like Boneheaded Enterprises or Damage Inc (hat tip to James and Lars for use of the song name!).

Joe Friday

May 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Let me get this straight, a soph. college hockey player went out drinking and broke team rules? Color me shocked. Between Vinny and Cormier, I’m liking our new guys more and more, out with the Enstroms, in with the bad boys!

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
11:06 am

Lick lick slurp slurp! ;) jk Smoothie.

I’m no fairweather fan. I’ve loved the Wings since I was a little boy. Being from there, I bleed red and white. You all may cheer for whatever is the better story, but I’ll forever remain a Wings fan. :P

Russian

May 5th, 2010
11:17 am

Anybody!
I missed it. What’s happend with Vinny Saponary? Please tell me.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
11:23 am

http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/story/?id=319796

Speaking of teen-age drinking, check this out. Can we just change the drinking age to at least 19 or something? Jeez, kids are gonna drink and get away with crap because too many parents are ass clowns.

Alan – never said you were fairweather! I’m fine with that, but I am tired of the Red Wings…would rather watch San Jose, Chicago, Vancouver or even Phoenix advance…they are fresh and exciting. Well, San Jose isn’t so fresh but I do have a man-crush on Joe Pavelski. He might be the American version of Pavel Datsyuk…I said “syuk”. Heh heh

Spud Webb

May 5th, 2010
11:24 am

For me I think it’s a combination of things. Thornton looks more determined than ever…yet on the goal to make it 3-2, he came around the net and used his body, but nobody for the wings was even near him or attempted to remove him from the puck. It “appears” the sharks are working harder than the wings. Not sure if thats being tired, older or what??
Fluery with a few beautiful saves last night, only 18 shots on him, but he had 3 or 4 that I thought were for sure goals.
Someone else mention it here, but I like Boyle too. I was explaining to my girlfriend why the thrashers are the joke of the league and danny boy was a golden example. If you dont accept this trade, we’ll cut you and the thrashers will pick you up….”I accept the trade”!!!! Priceless.
By the way, teh flyers are COOKED. it’s over.

Russian

May 5th, 2010
11:29 am

OK/ I found it. Man, I know Vinny very well. I was very happy when he drafted by Atlanta.
**Smoothie**
You cannot change Drinking Age Limit. It is very dangerous. Teenagers (16-19 years old) are driving a cars. It will be more trouble and acccidents.

Nikita

May 5th, 2010
11:31 am

I hate San Jose. I currently hate you-know-who. But before him I haaaaaated Jeremy Roenick. I have hated much of the current and past rosters — pretty much everyone but Devin Setoguchi and Jonathan Cheechoo. IMO, they do an awesome job of hiring dirtbags.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
11:34 am

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. Driving age should be raised to 18 as well. No reason teen-agers need to drive until they’re just about out of HS. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 17 and it hardly ruined my life. I seriously could’ve waited until I was 18…BFD. Then again, I had no problem finding things to do with my time that didn’t involve drinking and loitering. That’s what adulthood is for!!

Dwayne

May 5th, 2010
11:36 am

Vinny and Mettenberg must have been partying together.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
11:47 am

http://vimeo.com/11430345

Parents, make your kids play the piano instead of learning to drive a car…it’s a better use of time! ;-)

Kane = Riot Maker

kracker

May 5th, 2010
11:57 am

Alan, you’re the Wings fan but you can probably add: h. Jason Williams.

So we know his level of play here wasn’t because he was playing here.

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

You cannot change Drinking Age Limit. It is very dangerous.

I’d say it’s only dangerous in countries where there isn’t any sort of “alcohol education” – especially any that starts at home. In countries where children are taught to respect alcohol, you don’t see near as many problems as you do in countries like England, whose approach is all “screw it, they’ll learn at the bar.” Then they wonder why binge drinking is such a huge problem.

World Be Free

May 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

The only reason that I was not kicked off the hockey team at 18 was cause at the time, the drinking age was 18. If you have kicked us all off from drinking, you wouldn’t have iced a team. I know the drinking age is 21 these days, but…..

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 5th, 2010
12:35 pm

I was guzzling beer when I was 12; but didn’t learn how to drive until I was 30. To each his own…………

Brendan

May 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

Some good Red Wing discussions, without the degeneration into “Haw-haw, Detroit’s old and sucks now.” Good job. I often offer up Ken Holland as a shining example of a quality GM. So, let me ask you Red Wings some follow up questions.

(1) Will Detroit re-arrange some pieces to add Nabakov in net?
(2) Of all the star players on Detroit, which one(s) would be willing to waive a NTC to go elsewhere?
(3) Do you see Jimmy Howard as your #1 goaltending for the coming years?
(4) Do you think Detroit will make any significant trades on Draft Day?
(5) Facing some cap restrictions, can Detroit make a big splash in free agency?
(6) Are you ‘content’ to keep essentially the same roster next year, and just try it again, hopefully WITHOUT all the injuries?

Discuss.

glovesave29

May 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

NHL -

Jordan Staal – skating 4 days after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot.

Eric Belanger – pulls out the broken teeth, back on the ice.

NBA -

LeBron James – has a boo boo on his elbow and has cried about it non stop in the media.

Phoenix is politically correct and will wear jerseys for “Los Suns” tonight, even though the spanish word for the Suns is “Los Soles”. And since when is the definite article on the jersey anyhow? The name is sufficient.

How anyone can prefer basketball over hockey is a mystery to me.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
12:40 pm

Savannah – are you being serious? Did you not learn how to drive because there was no need living in a place like Savannah?

Growing up in Albany, NY we had everything we needed nearby and if I had wanted to not learn how to drive, I could have had a very happy and productive life. We had all of these things within 2 blocks of my house:
church (2), elementary school, firehouse, bakery (2), meat market (oh how I miss Cardona’s!), deli (run by Koreans and the best subs!), drug store (2), hair salon and an authentic barber shop, dentist, doctor (only a podiatrist tho IIRC), liquor store (2), general store (2) and of course, funeral home. And there was a bus line right at the end of my street. Now, I drive EVERYWHERE and I hate it.

R. Stroz

May 5th, 2010
12:40 pm

If you can serve the country at 18, you should be legal at 18.

In the state of Georgia, around 1982, the drinking age was raised each year, for several years, until the drinking age reached 21.

The result: the number of teen deaths from driving drunk in the state of Georgia quadrupled between 1982 and 1985.

That didn’t work as planned, did it?

World Be Free

May 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Smoothie-I have no idea why any club would sign Bertuzzi at this point in his career. “Tooz” has gone from power forward to power liability. I really have no issue with San Jose, other than that no-hit, all-stick scum bag Heatley.

The Wings kinda look like those Islanders of the mid 80’s looked near the end of their reign. The entire Islander team played alotta hockey during their “drive for five”. They were pretty tired by the time Gretzky and company caught up with them. The Wings’ core has been playing in seasons, post seasons and tournaments almost non-stop for a long time. They’re core is not 25 anymore-that’s an old team.

glovesave29

May 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Brendan – If the Wings suck now, I sure hope the Thrash suck that much in the coming years!

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

*no need driving in a place like Savannah

Sorry about the Freudian slip

And yes, the NBA sucks. And the Suns have worn those stupid jerseys before. Perhaps they went with Los Suns since they didn’t want to appear as Lost Souls (Los Soles)…why must everyone protest crap in the media? You’re a basketball team…play basketball and shut-up.

glovesave29

May 5th, 2010
12:44 pm

Smoothie – like my dad always said “If not by reason, by volume”.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
12:50 pm

Stroz – unfortunately, I am not surprised at the impact of that short-sighted passage of legislation. If you teach kids how to be responsible and value life, then you won’t have as many accidents. A drinking age of 21 does nothing but encourage duplicitous behavior by angst-ridden teen-agers turning the corner into adulthood.

World Be Free

May 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

Brendan-

(1) Will Detroit re-arrange some pieces to add Nabakov in net?
–No-
(2) Of all the star players on Detroit, which one(s) would be willing to waive a NTC to go elsewhere?
–They will not move their core players, just add some youth.

(3) Do you see Jimmy Howard as your #1 goaltending for the coming years? –Yes
(4) Do you think Detroit will make any significant trades on Draft Day? Maybe for an experienced, young player.
(5) Facing some cap restrictions, can Detroit make a big splash in free agency?
–Getting Hudler back will be similar to a significant UFA signing. Lidstrom’s status is a factor too.
(6) Are you ‘content’ to keep essentially the same roster next year, and just try it again, hopefully WITHOUT all the injuries?

–A lot will depend on if Lidstrom retires. Nik would create a huge hole on the defense – but it will also free up $$$ for a younger replacement like Dam Hamhius. They need to cut Bertuzzi, retire Maltby and Draper and get younger on defense.

Nate

May 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Gary: I say Sharp and that’s it. Maybe Cormier. And drop some dead weight, Todd White *cough* and that’s the extent of my dream team. I honestly like the rest of the team minus the goalie situation. And Sharp seems the most realistic. The Hawks will have to dump players for picks to fit under the cap and the Thrashers have two first rounders. Seems like a win-win situation to me…

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

Lidstrom said at one point that before he hangs up the skates for good, he wants to play in Sweden. He just turned 40. I think he’s starting to show his age a little, and his departure from the NHL is imminent.

All Wings fans know that day will eventually come. Just, it may be coming any year now. Possibly this one.

Excuse me, while I go throw up.

Smoothie

May 5th, 2010
1:08 pm

glovesave – nice pithy saying

WBF – indeed…Bertuzzi is a scum bag

Nate – I vote YES to Sharp!!

Alan – y’all could always bring back Cheli! ;-) Lidstrom is one of the greatest players ever, but even he is starting to show his age. Probably the by-product of so many games in such a short period of time with all of the deep playoff runs they’ve had. Oh, and Brad Stuart is awful…they need young D-men.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 5th, 2010
1:14 pm

I was serious, yes. Guess I just had no where to go HAHA. Actually, I left for college at 17 and moved to Houston. I barely had money for food, let alone a car. Lived there for several years, came back to Savannah, and just managed to somehow get by without an auto. It can be done. Then took a job in Hilton Head and had to learn how to drive, get a license, and purchase a car—all in 2 days.

Back to our program—I don’t think, personally, that Detroit would be in the hole as deep as they are now if not for those phantom calls in the first two games of this series. I know some went both ways; but it was mostly Detroit that suffered. The refereeing (is that the word?) SUCKED. My opinion and no one can talk me out of it. Last night, however, well…..that was just a bunch of tired old men.

Alan R.

May 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

Smoothie – Are you out of salt yet?! My open wounds are practically swimming with the stuff, yet the salt keeps on coming…

No, I think one of the last things the Wings need is to shed a 40 year old defenseman, and add in his place a 49 year old defenseman. At least, on the ice. I’d say he either takes a job in the front office in Detroit or Chicago somewhere. He still has his Chili bar in Detroit (that I still need to go eat at), after all.

World Be Free

May 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

Alan R-you wonder how Lidstrom will fair on those larger European rinks. I never played on a 100′ wide rink, but I bet the additional 15′ must be wild for a defenseman. It would be great if you are a forward! Kinda like playing football on a CFL-size field.

I am with you on Sharp for pick #24 in the first round.

Tony C.

May 5th, 2010
1:23 pm

granted the officiating (especially in game 2) has been suspect, but I think the thing is, we have all become accustomed to the deadwings getting just ONE opportunity to even the score and/ore open a lead… and converting that ONE opportunity into a “key play” that is broken down in their annual Sports Illustrated Stanley Cup Champions RedWings comerative video…

Red Light

May 5th, 2010
1:30 pm

Red Wings’ Maladies
• Check their No. of Olympians and their minutes played in Vancouver!
• Couldn’t replace Samuelsson with Bertuzzi and Williams
• Injuries
• Mike Vernon, Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood aren’t in net
• Owner Mike Ilitch’s wife is named Marian and she misses her namesake Hossa.
• After effect of losing assistant GM Don Waddelll 12 seasons later!

glovesave29

May 5th, 2010
1:47 pm

WBF – the anaolgy to the CFL doesn’t work for one reason – the defense in football must defend the whole width of the goal line…hense the extra width means more ground to cover for the defense. In hockey, it changes the angles the D takes. The goal is the same size, unlike the football analogy. A dman who is smart with his angles and doesnt get suckered out of position can make the transition rather seamlessly. The offense has more room to move and is thus more creative, there is less dump-and-chase and less screening of the goalies and low slot play. I personally prefer the wider rink, but then I am a goalie, so that should not come as any great shock.

World Be Free

May 5th, 2010
1:48 pm

Red Light-I think Samuelsson’s value was underrated by everyone.
Canucks have him locked up for a efw seasons-good move on their part.